We had a guest preacher and he started his sermon out with a story about a horse and his master who was training him. The master was using a carrot or the like (Foothills says it was a carrot, but I'm not so sure.) to get the horse to go where he wanted him to go. The horse was especially difficult, and the master had to work harder than usual to break him. The man who was observing thought that the master was being extremely hard on the horse and was relieved when he was finally done. He thought for sure that after the horse got what he wanted, he would be done with his master. But instead, the horse came to the master looking for affection and love. The master very generously gave the horse what he wanted, rubbing him behind his ears, and the horse nuzzled back. Despite the very hard work that the master had forced the horse to do, the horse still respected and loved his master and longed to feel that love in return after all the hard work was over.
Even though this was obviously a metaphor for something else, upon hearing this story, I immediately slid over closer to Foothills and thought about what goes on during a punishment spanking. It's SO true - even though you've been through a painful experience, physically and emotionally, you still long for that love and affection afterward - and even more so because of what you just went through together. It's such a beautiful thing to be that intimate with each other - to have such trust for someone who has taken the reins of headship and leadership, to let them be in control of how many times and with how much intensity that paddle comes down upon your bottom. And to know that when it's done, he'll say, "It's okay, it's all over. It's all over." And take you in his arms and comfort you and protect you and show you that he really means it.
I'll bet that preacher never in a million years would think his story would elicit that kind of response!